Looking for fall or summer dog sledding in Alaska? Glide through the forest behind a powerful team of Alaskan huskies while riding in one of our nimble and wheeled dog sledding carts. The closest thing to mushing on snow, this agile dryland dog sled ride is a private ride with just one or two passengers per cart and team of dogs. Travel across real training trails, around turns, and up and down hills. Based out of the record-breaking Kuskokwim 300 champion and competitive Iditarod kennel of 17th-Dog Racing, meet friendly sled dogs and puppies, help harness and train this year’s Iditarod team, and hear firsthand stories from the trail. The most intimate Alaska dog sled tour available between May and early November.
Yes, of course! Our lives are built around keeping our dogs happy, and meeting new people is great socialization for them. You will get to meet all the sled dogs in your team, pet them, take pictures with them, and witness them in action doing what they love. We have had guests stay until they pet every dog in the kennel, which you are welcome to do, too.
As you can imagine, dog sledding in Alaska is an iconic activity. While we do get many reservations several months to a year in advance, we recommend booking 3-4 weeks ahead of time during the summer to have the best chance of booking your desired tour date.
The summer season in Alaska is the busiest time for visitors, with around 85% of visitors coming between mid-May and mid-September. Our summer dog sled ride is purposely designed as a more immersive mushing experience where you have the chance to get up close and personal to ask questions and meet the individual sled dogs. Our carts hold just 1-2 passengers each and are only slightly bigger than a dog sled, providing a uniquely authentic mushing experience. As a result availability will be very limited compared to many of the larger tour activities like whale watching or glacier cruises, etc. Each tour slot is currently capped at maximum six passengers for instant online booking, please call or email if you have seven or more people in your party and we are happy to try and accommodate.
Our summer dog sledding location is located just off the Parks highway about halfway between Anchorage and Talkeetna, just a few miles down the road that takes you up and through Hatcher Pass. Many people also stop for a tour with us either on their way to or from Denali National Park. The street address is 18408 West Reynolds Road, Willow AK 99688. Google Map it here.
If you are driving yourself from Anchorage, you will head north on the Parks Hwy towards Wasilla. Make sure to stay left at the fork towards Wasilla/Palmer! From there, you drive through Wasilla and continue north towards Willow. Our summer dog sledding kennel is located an approximately seventy miles drive from downtown Anchorage, and specific directions and info will also be sent to you at the time of booking your tour. Reservations are required. Feel free to contact us with any questions.
We welcome anyone who would like to experience our summer dog sled ride to hop aboard and travel down the trail with us, and this tour is very family friendly. The ride has great suspension and excellent braking, providing a very fun mushing ride, but the seats on our carts are a fixed size, so as long as you can sit in the seat comfortably then you are good to go. In practice that means unofficially anyone under around 250lbs and shorter than about 6ft 7inches.
If you have any physical limitations, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. We are happy to help anyone who needs an extra hand to get in and out of the cart. Pregnant women should consult their doctor for any medical advice.
Things happen, we understand. If you would like to cancel more than three days beforehand, we will provide a full refund. If you want to cancel less than three days beforehand, a 50% refund will be given. No shows will be charged full price. We also provide a full refund in cases of inclement road conditions and travel delays that affect your trip to Alaska.
Our group had an incredible experience at Alaska Mushing School. In a relaxed but professional environment we learned about the race, dogs and prep for the Iditarod. They took great care to see that we had a good time. They encouraged us to interact with the dogs which was a highlight for sure. I can't recommend them enough!
A once in a lifetime experience! A great look at the world of mushing and the bond between the dogs and rider. Highlight of our Alaskan vacation!
Absolutely awesome. I enjoyed it so much I went for a second ride!